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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-07-05

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has expressed hope that his meeting on July 7 in Geneva with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu would generate better prospects for a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Speaking at a ceremony, during which he received an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Mariupol in Ukraine, wrapping up his official visit to the country, President Christofias referred to the strong traditional and historical ties between Cyprus and Ukraine, noting that they could create a broader bridge of cooperation in all sectors.

    He said that during his official visit, four interstate agreements were signed, the Cypriot Embassy in Kiev was opened, and the Cyprus-Ukraine Business Forum was held.

    Referring to the Cyprus issue, President Christofias said the Greek Cypriot side continued efforts to reunify the island, in the framework of a bizonal bicommunal federation.

    ``Our aim is to achieve a viable and functional solution of the Cyprus problem the soonest possible,`` he said, adding that ``the efforts of our side and the international community face the insistence of Turkey to impose its expansive policy, which is manifested with the creation of the illegal pseudostate and the promotion for its recognition internationally.``

    He noted that after Ukraine he would be travelling to Geneva for the meeting with the UN chief and Eroglu, adding that ``we are going to that meeting, with the evaluation that the negotiations, especially over the past period, are not proceeding as we had expected.``

    ``We have opinions and suggestions on how to become more effective, based on inviolable principles. We hope that this meeting will create better prospects for the current process,`` he said.

    Mariupol University Rector Konstyantyn Balabanov referred to President Christofias` efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, adding that he attributes great importance to expanding cooperation between Cyprus and Ukraine.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.


    House President Yiannakis Omirou denounced the so called authorities in Cyprus Turkish occupied areas have illegally constructed a road artery connecting the occupied part of Nicosia with Morphou, using EU funds and usurping Greek Cypriot properties.

    I strongly denounce with abhorrence, on the part of the House of Representatives, this crime which takes place at Cyprus occupied areas, Omirou said, adding that Greek Cypriot properties are massively usurped through the illegal constructions and the continuing destruction of the cultural heritage.

    Omirou was speaking to the press after a meeting he had with the Mayor of Morphou Charalambos Pittas and a delegation of the Municipal Council.

    He noted that EU funds are used for these constructions, stressing that when the EU allocates funds for development projects in Cyprus occupied areas it must make sure that the principles of legality are maintained.


    Cyprus June 2011 inflation increased to 4.2% compared to 3.9% the previous month and 1.9% in June 2010, data released by the Statistical Service show.

    Cyprus Consumer Price Index (CPI) for June 2011 increased by 0.58 units or 0.50% to 117.62 units compared to 117.04 in May 2011.

    The rise is attributed mainly to increases in the prices of certain fresh vegetables, certain clothing items, electricity and air fares. Decreases have been recorded in the prices of petroleum products and potatoes, the Statistical Service notes. For the period January-June 2011, the CPI recorded an increase of 3.3% compared to the corresponding period of 2010, it said.


    Cyprus unemployed persons, registered by the District Labour Offices on the last day of June 2011, reached 27,102 persons, according to figures released by Cyprus Statistical Service.

    However, based on the seasonally adjusted data that shows the trend of unemployment, the number of registered unemployed for June 2011 decreased by 0,7% to 28,178 persons in comparison to 28,375 in the previous month.

    Compared with June 2010, an increase of 4.642 persons or 20,7% was recorded which was mainly observed in the sectors of trade (an increase of 1.322 unemployed persons), construction (an increase of 770), accommodation and food service activities (an increase of 413), transportation and storage (an increase of 375), manufacturing (an increase of 358), education (an increase of 179), as well as to newcomers in the labour market where an increase of 863 unemployed persons was recorded.

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